Alabama Sex Crimes Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in Alabama, you most likely understand the gravity of your situation. Sex crimes in Alabama are taken very seriously and come with numerous consequences.
The stigma and shame that comes with a sex crime conviction can stay with you for life, as a result of being listed on a sex offender registry where your name, picture, and home address are published—regardless of the type of sex crime. You become a community outcast and possibly a pariah to your family and friends. You may also be facing a long prison sentence. Then, after being released from prison, where you are allowed to live is limited due to restrictions of living near schools and daycare centers. With a sex crime on your record, your ability to find work can be severely hampered.
If you’re charged with a sex crime, one of the first things you need to do is hire an experienced Alabama criminal defense attorney, as soon as possible. The experienced sex crimes attorney at Law Office of Ginger Poynter, LLC understands what you could be facing and is ready to help you protect your rights. With over a decade of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, Ginger Poynter is a tenacious advocate and will aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom.
Types of Sex Crimes
There are a number of offenses that Alabama statutes deem as sex crimes, and they are prosecuted aggressively. Sex crime convictions come with expensive fines and long prison sentences. The following are some of the sex crimes and subsequent penalties one can be charged with:
If a victim is forcibly compelled, or is incapable of consent to sex—whether by age or being mentally incapacitated or physically helpless—then this is considered to be a rape crime. Whether this happens with someone you know (also known as date rape) or through an assault, this felony comes with 10 to 99 years in prison and up to $60,000 in fines.
Sexual abuse is defined as any unwanted sexual contact against a victim’s will. Sexual abuse in the first degree is a felony offense which carries penalties up to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. Sexual abuse in the second degree is a misdemeanor for the first offense, and then a felony for each additional offense. This crime can carry up to a year in county jail and up to $6,000 in fines.
If an adult, aged 18 years or older, has sex with a minor who is younger than 16, then this is considered to be statutory rape. The reasoning behind this is that the age of informed consent for sex is called statutory rape. Note that this does not include consensual sex between two minors (e.g., two younger teenagers). This exemption is known as a “Romeo and Juliet” law—specifically for minors who are older than 12 and the other consenting party is less than two years older but is younger than 19 years old. This crime is a felony and can carry from two to twenty years in prison.
This crime involves publicly exposing oneself, usually done to offend others or for sexual gratification. This can include public nudity or having consensual sex in public. This crime is a misdemeanor and comes with up to a year in jail time and up to $6,000 in fines if convicted.
Exchanging sexual activity for money or some other kind of commodity constitutes a charge of prostitution under Alabama statutes. You can be charged under Alabama law if you work as prostitute or if you solicit a prostitute. This is a misdemeanor which carries up to a year in jail plus fines of up to $6,000.
The sex crime of sodomy is a felony with up to 20 years of prison time and up to $30,000 in fines. First degree sodomy can carry up to a lifetime in prison and up to $60,000 in fines.
Whether it’s possession, manufacturing, or distribution of child pornography, this sex crime charge is prosecuted very aggressively. Whether it was known that the individuals in the sexual material were minors or not, it does not matter in a child pornography charge. This law can also apply to the phenomenon of sexting. Sexting would be defined as inappropriate texting amongst those under age or with someone who is underage where nude pictures are sent or exchanged via text message. If those participating in sexting (to include exchanging nude photos or video) are convicted of a child pornography crime, they will have to go on the sex offender registry, regardless of their age.
A child molestation offense involves any sexual contact/intercourse with a minor under the age of 12. This charge comes with heavy penalties and is aggressively prosecuted. If convicted, this felony carries a penalty up to 10 years in prison and comes with fines of up to $60,000.
Solicitation of a Minor
Enticing a child who is younger than 16 into having sex is considered to be a solicitation of minor charge. This can also happen over the internet. If convicted, you could be left facing up to $15,000 in fines, up to 20 years in prison, and a civil forfeiture of your assets.
Securing Your Defense
Because the consequences of a sex crime conviction can be emotionally and financially devastating, it’s important to deal with them as soon as possible. Even if you believe you have been falsely accused, or that you unknowingly made a mistake, securing an experienced criminal defense lawyer quickly can make a real difference in your case. You can count on the Law Office of Ginger Poynter to defend you and your rights in court. Ms. Poynter’s experience as a prosecutor gives her a unique perspective and advantage as a criminal defense attorney. Ms. Poynter has a proven track record of success and will work hard on your case. She will thoroughly examine all the details of your legal matter and keep you abreast of the status of your case. To learn more about how Mobile criminal defense attorney Ginger Poynter can help you, contact us today.